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How To Improve the Safety of Big Cycling Events?

How To Improve the Safety of Big Cycling Events?

We’ve all seen the horror incident at the Tour de France in recent weeks where several cyclists came crashing to the floor after a fan…

Tuesday, Jul 20

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We’ve all seen the horror incident at the Tour de France in recent weeks where several cyclists came crashing to the floor after a fan held a banner over the track. It’s not the first incident we’ve seen and nor will it be the last. Here we look at a few things that can be done to improve the safety at big cycling events.

Distance the fans
Talk about stating the bleeding obvious! Still, sometimes the most obvious things are right in front of our faces. We’ve mentioned the latest high-profile incident in our opening paragraph already but, in case you’ve been living under a rock, we’ll take a quick recap.

With the Tour de France first stage approaching its close a 31-year-old fan leaped onto the road to ensure TV cameras captured her sign. Unfortunately, Tony Martin caught it too. That sent tens of riders tumbling to the floor with Jasha Sutterlin dropping out of the contest.

Anyway, whilst the authorities have chewed over a potential lawsuit , we couldn’t answer a simple question; why was the fan allowed on the road? The advice is there that you stand back and simply watch but there were no barriers, there were no ‘do not cross’ lines and there were barely any stewards.

The chaos could have been avoided if temporary roadside barriers were erected. I mean this is something you don’t see on other sports.

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